Prof. Louise Bethlehem
- European Research Council (ERC)
- AcademiaNet member since 22.10.2015
- AcademiaNet- Selection Criteria
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Arts and humanities
- Social sciences, journalism and information
Languages, Social and behavioural sciences
Area of specialisation
Field: Literary and Cultural Studies. Specialization: South African literature and culture; South African cultural history and historiography; postcolonial studies; global modernism; apartheid; transnational cultural circulation; decolonization, ecocriticism, anthropocene studies.
My current research interests are directed at two core clusters.
In the wake of a successful ERC project, APARTHEID-STOPS on the global circulation of anti-apartheid expressive culture, I continue to research South African literary and cultural historiography in transnational settings.
At the same time, I am laying the basis for a new research project that explores the interface between speculative fiction in the global South and the "anthropocene turn" in the humanities and social sciences. It seeks to chart an emergent corpus of speculative texts emanating from sites (regions, nation-states, cities, conurbations) whose entanglements within, and responses to, vectors of anthropogenic harm and climate crisis have been shaped by the workings of race in the consolidation of modernity.
Distinctions and Awards
Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Award for Best Special Issue in the Social Sciences and Humanities for the year 2001
Award granted to “South Africa in the Global Imaginary,” Special Issue of Poetics Today 22 (2) Summer 2001, Guest editor: Leon de de Kock, co-editors Louise Bethlehem, and Sonja Laden.
- Lectures, Membership in scientific bodies, Refereeing
English, French, Hebrew
1998: South African Literary Historiography Under Apartheid, 1976-1985